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Legendary North Carolina Tar Heels coach Dean Smith dies at 83

Dean Smith (2009 photo by Zeke Smith via wikipedia commons)

Dean Smith, the Hall of Fame legend who won two national championships at North Carolina along with an Olympic gold medal while coaching, has died. He was 83.

In a statement released by the university from the Smith family,  the coach died “peacefully” at his Chapel Hill home Saturday evening. He was with his wife and five children.

Smith coached some of the biggest names ever in college basketball. The list is long Michael Jordan, Larry Brown, Billy Cunningham, Hubert Davis, Matt Doherty, Phil Ford, George Karl, Charlie Scott, James Worthy, John Kuester, Jeff Lebo, Mitch Kupchak, Sam Perkins, Bob McAdoo, Kenny Smith, Rick Fox, Jerry Stackhouse, Walter Davis, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter and Rasheed Wallace to name a few.

He sent more than 50 players to the NBA and ABA.

Smith had health issues in recent years, where he had a condition that was causing him to lose memory. He stayed out of the public’s eye since 2010. His wife, Linnea, accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom on his behalf from President Barack Obama in November 2013.

Born Feb. 28, 1931, in Emporia, Kan., the son of public school teachers, Dean Edwards Smith graduated from the University of Kansas with a communications degree in 1953. He played for the Jayhawks teams that won the NCAA title in 1952 and finished second the next year. While at Kansas, Smith played for another legendary basketball coach in Phog Allen which the Jayhawks home arena is named after, Allen Fieldhouse.

He served as an assistant coach at Kansas to Allen and Dick Harp before joining the Air Force. He was an assistant basketball coach at the Air Force Academy, and also the baseball and golf coach for a year, before leaving in 1958 to join Frank McGuire’s staff at North Carolina. When McGuire left to coach in the NBA in the summer of 1961, the university selected Smith, 30 years old at the time, to take over the program.

Smith had an 8-9 record his first season and never had one again.

He won two championships in his career, 1982 and 1993. Other career accomplishments included: 11 regional titles which led to the Final Four; 13 ACC Tournament titles; 18 ACC regular season titles; NIT title in 1971; National Coach of the Year 4 times and ACC coach of the Year 9 times.

He is the member of several Hall of Fames: North Carolina 1981; Basketball 1983; Kansas 1996; College Basketball 2006 and the ingaural class of FIBA in 2007

Smith retired in October 1997 with a career record of 879-254, having eclipsed ‘The Baron” Adolph Rupp’s record of 876 victories during the NCAA tournament earlier that year in March.

Smith was very active in his church, politics, while speaking out on social issues such as civil rights, the death penalty, affirming gays and lesbians.

During his regime at UNC, Smith, with the insistence of his pastor started to recruit black athletes to his team. In 1967, swingman Charlie Scott became the first black athlete on scholarhip.

In politics, he supported Democrats and Liberals. He donated money to the presidential campaigns of Howard Dean, Bill Bradley, North Carolina alumnus John Edwards and Obama.

With his wife, Linnea,  Smith is also survived by daughters Sandy, Sharon, Kristen and Kelly; son Scott; and several grandchildren.

Dean Smith Center interior (2007 photo by Greenstat via wikipedia commons)


Columbus, Ohio native Weakley named Texas A&M International University basketball coach


Bryan Weakley (courtesy of Alaska-Anchorage athletics)

Bryan Weakley, a graduate of Worthington Christian has been named head coach of the Texas A&M International basketball team.

He had been an associate head coach the past three seasons.

Weakley was an all-state player while at Worthington Christian High School.

Weakley was an NAIA All-American and  two-time team captain at Biola University, when the Eagles made four straight NAIA national tournaments, including a 2000 Final Four appearance, and went 109-27 from 1998-2002. He scored 1,322 career points and graduated as BU’s all-time leader three-point goals made with 236. Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2002, with a minor in Biblical studies.

He has coaching experience with Middlesex University in England, London Towers of the British Basketball League and the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

Texas A&M International University, is a public, co-ed, state-supported school located in Loredo, Texas. Established in 1969, the school has 6,853 students.

TAMIU’s sports teams are known as the Dustdevils and compete in the Heartland Conference. They became active members of NCAA Division II on September 1, 2008. As an active member, TAMIU is eligible for conference championships and NCAA tournament berths.

TAMIU participates in the following sports:

  • Baseball
  • Men’s Basketball (2010 Heartland Conference Tournament Championship)
  • Women’s Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Men’s Golf
  • Women’s Golf
  • Men’s Soccer (2003 Red River Athletic Conference Champions, 2010 Heartland Conference Title)
  • Women’s Soccer
  • Women’s Volleyball (2002 West Division Athletics Conference Champions)
  • Softball (2010 Heartland Conference Tournament Championship)


Info compiled from Texas A&M International University, Biola University, University of Alaska-Anchorage & Wikipedia

HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE, Live this morning at 10:45, Jackson Center vs. Africentric on our website


Shawon Wilson, Africentric

HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE returns to the airwaves this morning after a week’s hiatus.

The Ohio Division IV State semifinals from the Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State, as the Jackson Center Tigers (26-0) take on Columbus City League South Division member, Africentric Nubians.

Game time is 10:45 a.m. live on the website. You can LISTEN LIVE by clicking here.

If the link fails, here’s another way to listen to the game live.

Go to the HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE page in the upper right hand corner, click it and scroll down to the March 22 game and click listen and the game comes up there. We’ll be on the air 30 minutes before the game with our usual information.

Africentric head coach Michael Bates

Jackson Center, from Jackson Center, Ohio in Shelby County, plays in the Shelby County League where they were the champions. Other members include, the Anna Rockets, Botkins Trojans, Sidney Fairlawn Jets, Fort Loramie Redskins, Houston Wildcats and the Russia Raiders.

Hosie Smith, Africentric

To get to the Division IV Final Four, the Tigers, coached by athletic director Scott Elchert, beat Tri-Village in overtime in the district championship game, St. Henry in the regional semifinals and Dayton Jefferson in the regional finals.

They are led by senior Andy Hoying, the Southwest District Player of the Year. Their other starters include senior Tony Opperman, juniors Alex Meyer, Trey Elchert and Eric Ryder.

Off the bench, Jackson Center turns to freshman Gavin Wildermuth and junior Levi Winner.

Justin Miller, Africentric

The Tigers are very stingy on defense, giving up a shade over 40 points a game.

Jackson Center is making their third trip to Columbus and the Final Four, but their first since their championship year of 1985.

They are one of only two unbeaten schools left in the State of Ohio.

The Africentric Nubians are 22-3 and members of the Columbus City League South Division where they were runnerups to champion Walnut Ridge. Two of their losses were to the Scots and the other was to Division III powerhouse Bloom-Carroll.

The Nubians are making their third trip to the State’s Final Four and second straight. Last year, they lost to eventual Division III champion Cincinnati Taft.

In their tournament run, Africentric have outscored opponents 78.7 to 34.3 points per game in 6 wins over Columbus International, Gilead Christian, Northside Christian, Millersport, Newark Catholic and Beaver Eastern.

Trevon Saunders, Africentric

Beaver Eastern scored 43 points on the Nubians in the regional final and those are the most their given up in the tournament in one game.

The Nubians, who will play 10-15 players to wear the opponent down, are led by juniors Kenny Robinson, Trevon Saunders, Kejuan Skinner-Byrd, Cyquil Tucker and Newshawn Walls. Top seniors include Fuquan Tucker, Delquan Black, Hosie Smith, Justin Miller and freshman Jaquan Harrison.

Kenny Robinson, Africentric

The winner of the Jackson Center-Africentric game will play the winner of the Berlin Hiland (24-1)-Arlington (23-3) game on Saturday morning at 10:30.

HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE is brought to you by majority sponsor, SWIFT TAX SERVICES.





Longtime Otterbein coach Reynolds to retire after 40 years on bench, 19 as AD

Press release & photo courtesy of Otterbein University athletics


WESTERVILLE, OHIO – Otterbein University men’s head basketball coach Dick Reynolds, currently in his 40th season at the helm, has announced that he will retire from coaching and his position as Athletic Director at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season.

“In your life you can change and overcome a lot of things, but you cannot change or overcome time,” said the 69-year old Reynolds, who informed his players of the decision Saturday evening following a game with the University of Mount Union. “It’s time for me to do something different.”

The most successful coach in the history of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), Reynolds sits atop the OAC list for career coaching victories with 649. He ranked sixth all-time for victories in NCAA Division III entering this season, fourth among active coaches.

“My wife Ellen has sat on a lot of bleachers and traveled on a lot of trips,” Reynolds said. “I think I owe her some time to do some things that maybe we haven’t done because of the profession that I’m in.”

Dick Reynolds on the sidelines.

Coach Reynolds reached the pinnacle of his career during the 2001-02 season, guiding the Cardinals to their first national championship. Otterbein finished at 30-3, winning the OAC regular-season title and post-season tournament after being picked to finish sixth in the conference preseason coaches’ poll.

He was selected NCAA Division III Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2002; and for the second time in his career, Ohio College Coach of the Year by his Ohio coaching peers in balloting conducted by the Columbus Dispatch. He also earned this honor in 1981.

Reynolds was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame and the Otterbein University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

“I would like to thank Coach Reynolds for 40 years of service to Otterbein, specifically his mentoring of numerous students and student-athletes,” said Bob Gatti, Vice President for Student Affairs. “In addition to coaching, his work as Athletic Director over the past 19 years has benefited this entire institution. He possessed such love and dedication, and always worked to see Otterbein succeed.”

A nine-time OAC Coach of the Year selection, Reynolds became the first OAC coach to take his team to league titles over four different decades. His squads earned six outright conference championships and shared it another five times. He has also guided the program to eight conference tournament titles.

The Cardinals have advanced into the NCAA Division III Tournament 13 times under Reynolds, winning the national championship in 2002 and reaching the Final Four in 1981 and 1991.

His overall record stands at 649-421 (.607), for an average of 16.3 wins per season.

A native of London, Ohio, Reynolds graduated from Otterbein in 1965 after earning four letters each in football, basketball and track. He then returned to his home town and taught seventh-grade science while serving as an assistant coach in football, basketball and track at the high school. He was inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.

Reynolds served three years in the U.S. Air Force (1966-69) as a personnel services officer in charge of recreation. His service teams compiled a 38-10 record.

He spent three seasons as assistant under Otterbein head coach Curt Tong, guiding the junior varsity squad to a 31-20 mark before taking over as head coach in 1972.

“Otterbein hasn’t been a job or place to work, but rather a lifestyle for me and my family,” Reynolds explained. “We have lived Otterbein. My kids grew up in these facilities and we don’t really know what our life is outside of it. This has been a community where I have been able to teach and coach basketball, and it’s always been a privilege to be able to do that.”

Former UCLA, Memphis State, UAB coach Bartow dead at 81


Gene Bartow (Memphis State photo)

Gene Bartow, who is best remembered as succeeding John Wooden at UCLA and later in his career started up the Alabama-Birmingham basketball program, has died of stomach cancer at age 81.

Bartow coached the Memphis State Tigers from 1970-74 and led the school to the 1973 national championship game, where the Tigers lost to Wooden and the UCLA Bruins.

Bartow was one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division I with 647 victories over 34 seasons.

He replaced the retiring Wooden as UCLA’s head coach in 1976 and led the Bruins to the Final Four.

Bartow left after just two seasons to start the basketball program at Alabama-Birmingham. He was UAB’s coach from 1978-96 before handing over the coaching job over to his son, Murry, who currently is the head coach at East Tennessee State University, where he is thriving with a record of 162-97 overall and 101-45 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.


Info compiled from UCLA. UAB & University of Memphis, Radio & TV news

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